Starbucks iced coffee and my experience with ordering from China

First, let me say that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these individual iced coffee packets from Starbucks! If you buy them from Walmart, they come out to about $1.25 per glass + plus whatever you pay for any cream or sugar you add. It still adds up when you drink at least one every day, I know. My friend sent me a post recently about how to cold brew iced coffee, so one of these days when I get the time (yeah right!), I’m going to check it out and see how to do it. Next… normally I’d be concerned about ordering anything from China, but I’d read a lot of reviews about the Alva Baby cloth diapers company, and they were mostly positive. Their diapers are by far the cheapest I’ve come across ($5.99 for an AI2 and free shipping!), so I ordered one today to see if I like them. The site was a bit of a nightmare to order from. It was, possibly, user error. I’ll admit that. Oh, I want to add that I’m all for buying American, but let’s be honest…Americans are never going to sell a cloth diaper for $5.99, because we won’t work for 10 cents an hour! Military families do NOT have a lot of money, unless the service member is high-ranking. So I’ll order from China with no qualms, thank you very much.

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  1. Hi. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m with you on the buying from China. We use prefolds and the softest ones come from either China or India…I forgot which because we have some of each…but you can’t beat the price. I know people who spend as much on cloth diapers and associated stuff (like wipes, which we made ourselves) as they would on disposables…isn’t one of the benefits of cloth the fact that its cheap?

    1. The cheap aspect is definitely one of the greatest benefits for me, but I think cloth diapering is like any market…when there’s a demand, companies jump on board and create products that customers think they “need.” Because of that…it IS easy to rack up money. I can already tell that for me, it’s going to be difficult to not buy more than I need for my son! I’ve always had a clothes shopping addiction, and until I lose my baby weight, I won’t be buying clothes for myself. Cloth diapering could easily turn into an outlet for that addiction, if I’m not careful, and then -like you said- it’s no longer cost effective.

      1. I never thought of cloth diapering as an alternative to clothes shopping…but I understand. Those cloth diapers can be ridiculously cute besides being necessary. 🙂 I’ve gotten seriously into idea-shopping now that I’ve an active toddler-almost-preschooler to keep busy!

      1. I have several Thirsties Duo covers and think they’re great. They have nice leg gussets, and I like the way the snaps are configured. You do have to buy 2 sizes, but they’re not overly expensive, and size 1 fit my newborn right away because of the bulk of a prefold underneath.

        I also have some Best Bottom covers from They are configured very similarly to Thirsties, except that there is only 1 size (truly a one-size diaper) and you can snap inserts in as well as use prefolds. I really like their inserts and always use a microfiber insert+ovenight doubler a night. As far as the cover, they have a double layer of PUL, making them feel much more durable than Thirsties and easier to wipe out. They also have great leg gussets, just like Thirsties.

        1. Jennifer, I have one Thirsties Duo cover in size one, but it barely fits my son at 3 months. If I cloth diaper the next baby as a newborn, I can definitely see this cover working well. The leg gussets, like you mentioned, are great. I’m concerned about how long a size two would fit my son at the rate he’s growing. What do you think? I’ll have to look into the Best Bottom covers. I recently purchased some Flip covers, and I love those! I haven’t had any leaking issues, and they fit my son well on the smallest setting. There’s still plenty of room to grow. I coud see a newborn “swimming” in them though!

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